The Bible foretold the extinction of these three kingdoms, as it part of preparing the way for the ascendency of the Little Horn.
“I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.” (Daniel 7:8)
“And of the tenhorns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.” (Daniel 7:20)
“And the ten hornsout of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” (Daniel 7:24)
These three kingdoms, mentioned three times in the Book of Daniel, were to be defeated [plucked up] by the little horn, to make way for the rise of the papacy. In ancient times, the conqueringking wore the crown of the conquered king (e.g. 2 Samuel 12:30). The papal tiara, traditionally worn by popes until the pontificate of Pope John Paul I1, is symbolically very fitting for the extinction of these three kingdoms. Bishop Thomas Newton, on this very point, stated:
“And the pope hath in a manner pointed himself out for the person by wearing the triple crown.”2
Why were the VHO hated by the popes of Rome?
The Roman Catholic Church regards the Trinity Doctrine as the bedrock for all her beliefs and teaching.
“The mystery of the trinity is the central doctrine of Catholic faith. Upon it are based all the other teachings of the church.”3
If the Church of Rome was to prevail in enforcing her doctrines on the Christian world, then all opposition to the Trinity doctrine had to be eliminated. And these three kingdoms (VHO) stood in the way of supreme papal power.
“Among the principal obstructions to the rise of papal Rome to political power were the Heruli, the Vandals, and the Ostrogoths. All three were supporters of Arianism, which was the most formidable rival of Catholicism.”4
|The Roman Catholic Church regards the Trinity Doctrine as the bedrock for all her beliefs and teaching.|
There is no doubt that these three kingdoms held beliefs concerning Yahuwah and Yahushua that were not Trinitarian by any stretch of imagination. They openly rejected the Trinity doctrine of Rome. The challenge these kingdoms posed to Rome was not taken lightly by the bishops of Rome; it took many wars until Rome was freed from the Arian opposition posed by these three kingdoms.
“In the year of our Lord 493, the Heruli in Rome and Italy were conquered by the Ostrogoths. In 534, the Vandals, who were under Arian influence, were conquered by the Greeks, for the purpose of establishing the supremacy of the Catholics.”5
With two of the three kingdoms utterly destroyed, the attention now focused on the remaining Ostrogoths, who were in control of Rome. Prior to their destruction, a decree by Emperor Justinian was issued in 533 AD appointing the Bishop of Rome as head over all Christian churches in both the Eastern and Western divisions of the Roman Empire. This decree, however, could not be enforced while the Arian Ostrogoths were in control of Rome.
“The edict of the emperor Justinian, dated A. D. 533, made the bishop of Rome the head of all the churches. But this edict could not go into effect till the Arian Ostrogoths, the last of the three horns that were plucked up to make room for the papacy, were driven from Rome, and this was not accomplished, as already shown, till A. D. 538. The edict would have been of no effect had this latter event not been accomplished.”6
By conquering the Ostrogoths, and driving them out of Rome, the pope became the de facto ruler of Rome, and the established head over all Christian churches in the Roman Empire. Justinian’s “achievements profoundly affected the whole future of Europe, and his intervention altered the entire status of the bishops of Rome. His victories were gained over people who to a large extent adhered to the teachings of Arius.”7
|The three Arian kingdoms did not compromise to remain in existence; they chose death over accepting a doctrine that distorts their love and adoration for the Father and His Son.|
It was the victory over the three Arian kingdoms that established the supremacy of bishop of Rome as head of the Christian world.
“The contest betweenArianism and the orthodox Catholicism was the means of enthroning the papacy.”8
It is not difficult in light of this history to understand how important the pagan Trinity is to the Roman Catholic Church. It is the doctrine that establishes her primacy over all churches. Is it any wonder today that all the Christian denominations have moved away from the Biblical teaching regarding the Father and Son and have, in its place, adopted the Roman Catholic Trinity doctrine?
The three Arian kingdoms did not compromise to remain in existence. In those days, the people professed the faith of their kings. Thus, the kings and the people they ruled chose death over a doctrine that distorts their love and adoration for the Father and His Son.
“Perhaps no other truth in all of Holy Scripture comes to us so marked with the blood of controversy as does the Bible doctrine of the Trinity. History records that ancient nations staked their very existence upon their conception of the Godhead.”9